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‘Rocky Horror’ shadow cast performs at Moonlite Drive-In in West Wyoming on Aug. 28

‘Rocky Horror’ shadow cast performs at Moonlite Drive-In in West Wyoming on Aug. 28
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While many annual traditions are being canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one can continue at socially distanced drive-in theaters that don’t mind getting a little… dirty.

This week, it was announced that the Moonlite Drive-In in West Wyoming will screen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with the live shadow cast Sweet Translucent Dreams on Friday, Aug. 28.

This cast sold out the Fair Oaks Drive-In Theatre in New York last Saturday, so expect this event to be as popular as the “Time Warp.”

Gates at the Moonlite Drive-In (1190 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming) open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at dusk. Tickets, which are $10 per person, are on sale now at A list of props and what attendees should do with them can be found here.

Costumes are optional, but masks are required. The cast, who will perform while the movie is projected on the big screen, will be selling prop bags for $2 and T-shirts for $10-$25.

The plot summary reads:

On a wild and rain-swept late-November evening, somewhere at an empty stretch of road outside Ohio’s merry Denton, blissfully-affianced, prudish, boringly-innocent young pair Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) find themselves stranded on their way to visit an ex-tutor. Instead, the couple will inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Tim Curry’s) spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the out-of-this-world mad scientist’s proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, most daring creation – the ultimate male and the perfect sex symbol – the flaxen-haired Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). But, little by little, as the effervescent transgressive force gobbles up whole the unsuspecting visitors of the night, Brad and Janet slowly begin to embrace the potent fascinations of seduction, while an idolized Rocky roams free in the mansion. Who can interrupt man’s union with the absolute pleasure?

Rotten Tomatoes says, “‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ brings its quirky characters in tight, but it’s the narrative thrust that really drives audiences insane and keeps ’em doing the time warp again.”

Formed in late 2002 in Pottsville, Sweet Translucent Dreams began as a melting pot of several “Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadow casts – Transylvanian Nipple Productions from Philadelphia, Sins of the Flesh from Allentown, and The Transsexual Misfits from Maryland – and eventually became Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley’s own premier shadow cast, performing in theaters, fire halls, bowling alleys, bars, colleges, churches, drive-ins, and outdoors across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

While going through various iterations over the years, adding members from other shadow casts while recruiting new actors, the group is still going strong as they play to hundreds and even thousands of midnight movie fans every year. Sweet Translucent Dreams regularly performs at the ArtsQuest Center at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem and the Emmaus Theatre and continues to travel to wherever fans of the 1975 cult classic will gather.